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Opposition Report: Accrington Stanley

6 October 2020

Blackpool will be looking to go top of their group as they travel to last season’s Quarter Finalists Accrington Stanley in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Accrington Stanley, who finished five points adrift of the Seasiders last campaign, will come into the game full of confidence, after their 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon in League One.

After falling to a last gasp defeat against Lincoln City, Neil Critchley’s men will be looking to respond strongly ahead of their tough test against John Coleman’s side. The Seasiders are unbeaten in their last three meetings at Crown Ground, with their last defeat coming in 2016.

The Hosts

Another solid season saw Stanley finish a comfortable eight points above the drop zone, despite an unexpected curtailment to the 19/20 season.

Coleman’s side will be looking to build on an impressive run in the EFL Trophy last time out, after his side reached the Quarter-finals. A comfortable victory over Bolton Wanderers in the second round saw them progress, before also beating Fleetwood Town on penalties to progress to the latter stages of the competition. Though, they were eventually knocked out after losing 2-1 to Salford City in the Quarter-final stage.

A busy summer transfer window has seen Coleman make ten new additions to his side, adding a mix of talent and experience to the ranks ahead of another busy campaign for Stanley. 11 players also left the Crown Ground for new pastures, including defender Callum Johnson (Portsmouth), midfielder Sam Finley (Fleetwood Town) and Portuguese forward Wilson Carvalho (Macclesfield).

Talented youngster Tariq Uwakwe and Ryan Cassidy both joined the club on loan deals. Cameron Burgess and Stephen Sama also penned deals at Stanley in Coleman’s aim to bolster his defensive options. Tom Scully also joined the ranks at Accrington Stanley after his summer departure from Championship outfit Norwich City.

Much like the Seasiders, Accrington have had a frustrating start to their 20/21 campaign. A 2-0 victory over Peterborough saw them start the season in a rich vein of form, before falling to consecutive defeats against Burton Albion and Oxford United. Though, Coleman’s side will be playing with confidence again after bouncing back to winning ways against AFC Wimbledon last time out.

The Manager

A famous face at the Crown Ground, Coleman is currently experiencing his second spell at the Club after returning in 2014.

Prior to his second spell, the 57-year-old enjoyed a successful first spell after guiding Stanley to the Football League in 2006. His 12-and-a-half-year tenure at the Club saw him win three promotions as champions and become the longest serving manager in Accrington Stanley’s history.

Since his return to Stanley in 2014, Coleman has managed to guide the Club back to League One in 2018 following their 2-0 win over Yeovil Town. After building solid foundations since their return back to the third tier of English football, Stanley will be hoping to build and go one step further in the EFL Trophy this time around.

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